My sister-in-law, Michaela, over at Serif and Spice introduced me to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge. The idea is a topic is announced every Friday, generally vague, and you have a week to create a post based on your own interpretation. It’s a pretty cool concept and again another way to build your blog community. There’s also a Weekly Writing Challenge. I’ve kept my eye on the Photo Challenge topics for a for a while now, just waiting for the right point to jump in. The topic needed to be something fun to photograph but also food related. Though really, it’s AMAZING how you can make almost anything about food.
This week the topic was about signs. I had it all planned out. Saturday was also opening day for the Bay Ridge Greenmarket. There had to be signs there to inspire me. Activity announcements, featured produce, special sales. And I was right. There was no shortage of inspiration. Until my weekend took an unexpected turn. Well, expected but with unexpected results. It was my husband’s birthday and like every 30 something year old, he wanted to spend the day at the Transit Museum (please tell me I’m not the only one with this issue…). While he spent his time reading every single word of history he could find, I was more interested in the retired trains on display. Well, more so what was in them.
The train cars that ranged in age from early 20s to just a few years ago looked exactly as they would have been when in service, including period advertisements. I don’t know what it is but I’ve always been drawn to vintage ads. Especially about food. For a while I thought the photos of a housewife in her apron fussing over her husband’s dinner, but now I just find it comical. I had similar issues when I first started watching Mad Men, but came to terms with that’s just how things were back then.
While these signs may not be the best display of my photography skills–the shadeless bulbs right next to the ads and the curvature of the train cars certainly doesn’t help–but hopefully you’ll enjoy the subject matter with a little blast from the past.
I have to say my favorite was the Heinz Mayonnaise Salad Dressing. Because who doesn’t want mayo on their salad?! But seriously, I was actually served a salad with mayo in Ireland not even a decade ago. So gross!
So which ad is your favorite?
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